Smartphones have revolutionised the way we share information, gain knowledge, communicate with friends and experience the world around us.
With the advent of social media, we are now able to use our phones to upload thousands of photographs, publicly advertise the things we do, feel and ‘like’ and access a live stream of news happening across the world, from anywhere we happen to be.
More and more parts of our lives are being integrated into smartphone software – bank cards, travel cards, boarding passes, maps – even memories, friendships and relationships. Bit by bit, our ability to function without our mobiles is decreasing.
More worrying still, Ofcom has recently reported that the UK is now the biggest user of mobile data in the world, having overtaken Japan in 2012.
As a worrying side-effect of the digital age, more and more people appear to be developing ‘digital addiction’.
Symptoms of digital addiction include:
- You feel like you’re missing something important when you’re not logged in.
- You feel frustrated or shifty when you’re not using your device.
- You can’t imagine life without your device.
- You spend large amounts of time using your device.
- You automatically use it without even thinking.
Nic Newman, digital strategist and former BBC Future Media executive, said: “More and more of us are becoming addicted to the real-time stream so that we are losing the art of conversation and quiet reflection.”
Mr Newman predicts that throughout 2013 we’ll see more rural retreats popping up specialising in digital addiction.
He believes people will have to be re-taught to have a conversation, or carry out an activity with no digital interruptions.
Hypnotherapy is leading the way for digital addiction treatment. If you think you’ve lost control over your use of the Internet then you might benefit from trying a hypnotherapy session. To find out more, simply head over to our Internet Addiction page.
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